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1906 San Fran Quake Killed Thousands, Not Hundreds

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1906 San Fran Quake Killed Thousands, Not Hundreds

1906 San Fran Quake Killed Thousands, Not Hundreds

1906 San Fran Quake Killed Thousands, Not Hundreds

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San Francisco's County board has moved to correct a mistake that dates from almost 100 years ago, as it restates the death toll resulting from a 1906 earthquake at nearly 3,400 people — almost 7 times the initial figures. At the time, official estimates were that less than 500 people had died.

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Gladys Hansen, curator, Museum of the City of San Francisco, since 1990